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1. To cut off the head; specifically, to remove the head of a fetus to facilitate deivery in cases of irremediable dystocia, obsolete procedure; to cut off the head of an animal in preparation for certain physiologic experiments.
2. Relating to an experimental animal with the head removed.
[L. de-, away, + caput, head]
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Christine Arvanigian, who along with her parents, Gary and Janis, have owned the large year-round costume and props store for the past 26 years, said she received a phone call from a woman who was concerned about Halloween props because of the decapitation of two American journalists and a British aid worker by the Islamic State terrorist group.
Perhaps his worst decapitation was that of the veteran Vogue society editor Margaret Case.
The most prominent incident was the decapitation of 20 Coptic Egyptians in mid-February by "Islamic State" affiliates in the city of Sirte.
Exploding heads and decapitations are among the features.
Numerous scenes depict decapitations, body slicing and vampire feastings.
JOHNNY DEPP as constable Ichabod Crane, despatched from New York City in 1799 to test his new-fangled deductive reasoning on a series of decapitations in a small town two-days' journey north.
In February, a video was released showing eight decapitations of civilians whose bodies were later found on North Sinai roads.
THIS Gothic fairytale follows unorthodox 18th century New York detective Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp, left), who is sent to the secluded town of Sleepy Hollow to seek out the culprit of a spate of decapitations.
It contains animated blood, plus violence and decapitations.
In fact, with its artless decapitations and limb severings, ``The Messenger'' plays more like an earnest version of ``Starship Troopers.
They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others.
There are decapitations, severed limbs and an explicit rape scene involving Joan's sister.